Imagine that I take you to a chemistry lab. I put some water in a glass beaker and then I go around the shelves opening jars of chemicals adding a bit of this, a bit of that and a bit of the other to the beaker. I stir the water until all the powders dissolve and then I pass it to you and say, “Here, drink this.”
Have you ever wondered where breakfast cereal came from? Nearly everybody eats it nowadays and we are told it is a wholesome way to start the day, but who invented it and why? It will probably come as no surprise to learn that the first breakfast cereal was invented by a man called John Harvey Kellogg in 1878. It will probably come as quite a surprise to learn why he did it.
Our food consists of three macronutrients (protein, carbohydrate and fat) and many micronutrients (vitamins and minerals).The macronutrients provide our energy and a lot of the structure of our bodies. The micronutrients are involved in a wide range of systems, hormones and enzymes that keep our bodies running smoothly. We need the right amounts of all of them to function at our very best.